Container gardeners (and fruit lovers), rejoice!
You don’t need a big garden to grow delicious apples, plums or pears. Columnar apple trees grow 2.5-3m tall by 60cm wide. These upright trees bear full-size apples, although overall yield is less than a dwarf tree. You’ll need to plant more than one variety for pollination and choose ones that belong to the same pollination group, which flower at the same time. Varieties include the new Lubera Malini, which is scab-resistant and produces fruit that’s juicy, sour and refreshing. The taller Ballerina varieties, known as totem poles because of the natural way they grow, make them ideal for training over an archway to create
a fruiting tunnel.